PDC10–thoughts a minute after it finished

October 31, 2010

PDC10 is over. Now it is a time to think about how it was and summarize the experience.

For me it was very special PDC. It was very special because of two things:

First – I delivered a session during the PDC Workshop! My session was about XNA Game Development for Windows Phone 7. Thanks for all participants – it was a great honor to present for you. The sample I’ve presented during the demo hosted here. The samples I’ve presented from the phone are the part of XNA Creators Club Education Content. They could be found here.


Second – I’m kinda upset from the change of the direction Microsoft takes. I did expected to hear something about the futures of Silverlight or at least some commitment about it. Sadly for me I heard a lot about HTML5 and how great it to be especially in cross-platforms scenarios but not a word about Silverlight. It seemed to me, like Silverlight turns to be a solution for Windows Phone 7 development only… I had a chance to talk to Microsoft representatives during the breaks (hey, that’s what PDC is for) and they clarified that Silverlight will continue to be a No. 1 choice for LOB, rich media and mobile applications development.


To sum it up – it definitely was a special PDC.

Let’s hope next event I plan to visit (MIX11) will brig better news about my favorite technology!




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  1. Alex GoleshNovember 3, 2010 ב 2:50

    Nope Shai 🙂 It is alive, and will be! Long live Silverlight!

  2. StephenNovember 6, 2010 ב 1:10

    Microsoft did this to Windows Mobile too. With out any kind of notice, they just dropped it (as far as future advances).

    I think it is a bit funny that this is happening to Silverlight now. No one really cared (except for the mobile developers) when it happened to Windows Mobile.

    No no one really cares (except for the Silverlight developers) when they drop Silverlight.

    They have done this one other products as well (ie Linq-to-SQL).

    Eventually Microsoft will have to start providing end of life/evolution dates for their technologies or people will get more and more mad.

  3. StephenNovember 8, 2010 ב 17:35

    lol on the comment filtering